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Location: Rockwood, Ontario, near Guelph
Hardiness Zone: 5a
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I am a retired teacher with over 33 years of successful teaching (math, drama, and teaching of the gifted student) , and now have been working in the jewellery business for the past 13 years, with a few brief stints of travel in between. For the past 40 plus years I have lived in Rockwood, ON and enjoyed working a lovely perennial garden.

In the year 2000, we moved to a new freehold luxury townhome situated above the river. We love it here, with a protected mixed wood stand between us and the river, although I can usually see the river between the trees. There are trillium and natural orchids growing in this bush, as well as trails that wind for miles along the river. Beautiful.

My biggest challenge has been the creation of new gardens...poor soil, great light, hilly landscape, treed area behind the house, rabbits, deer, and raccoons galore,... In the last few years, I moved about a ton of rock to form the bones of the garden. Then we moved a good number of peony plants, and interesting garden structures to compliment the landscape.

We get the east, south and west light.

There are also some restrictions for the front of the house, but I’m willing to try to bend the rules a little. I have brugmansias out front, and along the side & back of the house. The beds at the back are varied. Some are tropical, others are like an English border garden disappearing into the woods below. There is so much stuff there, there is hardly any room for weeds, and that suites me just fine....less work to do.

A few years ago, I moved my fish pond into a raised bed structure with the pond and fountain in the middle into which I put water lilies. The gurgling water makes a relaxing sound for us when we are outside. We get a great view of it when we sit in front of the outdoor fireplace with the dahlia hedge on each side of the fireplace.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2607 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2237 days ago

ooh that sounds so beautiful!!!
(beautiful picture as well)

Looking forward to hearing/seeing all about your gardens.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2485 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2237 days ago

Hello and WELCOME to GT!!!
Your place and gardens sound lovely. When you have a moment, would love to see photos!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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dini

1591 posts in 2323 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 2237 days ago

Welcome! Your gardens sound lovely!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2235 days ago

Thanks, guys. Much appreciated.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Jason

840 posts in 2460 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 2235 days ago

Hey, welcome to GT, jroot! You’ve got a lot of great ideas and even better execution!

-- Living on the square...Metro Detroit

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Bon

7374 posts in 2387 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2235 days ago

Hi Jroot welcome to Gt. Looking forward to seeing your gardens. :-)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2234 days ago

Thanks for the “heads up” about the competition. .... and your vote of confidence. Wow! I’m elated.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 2407 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2226 days ago

jroot,
you mentioned on another post that your wife is an artist!!
What medium? What does she do? Do you have a blog or a site for her work?

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2226 days ago

She is a dry brush watercolour specialist, and is also working in oil. Both of these take a long time. We do not have a blog or site for her. Most of her work in the past few years has been commissions based on word of mouth, and from art shows. She is a member of the Guelph Creative Arts Association. It takes her a long time to paint one painting because of her style, and since nearly all her works have been sold and she has no large stock build-up, there is no need for a blog. Thanks for asking though.

Right now she is working on a large painting of some of my brugmansias. That has been for several months. I keep suggesting that she use larger brushes, but she likes her itsy bitsy small ones for detail.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 2485 days
hardiness zone 9

posted 2226 days ago

Oh jroot I would love to see that painting when she is done … be nice if you could take a few photos for us.

Truly, I am in total awe of artists. Can’t draw anything to save my life (really tried, long story and most know that I really flunked elementaryand middle school art classes – LOL!!!) At the private school I worked at the art teacher was a fabulous artist in her own right. She did magnificient portrait work in oils. Over the years we became good friends and one year, as a gift, she had me take several photos of our children and she created a very large pencil sketch from the best photo. It is so life-like of our children at that time. It hangs with honor and much love on our prominent living room wall.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Eklectic

1824 posts in 2407 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2226 days ago

Maybe you have some pics of her work! Sounds really interesting!
My mother used to (and still does a little bit) paint both watercolor and oil! She also did enamel on copper: paintings and all sorts of things!

So, I would really appreciate a picture of some of her work, but if it is not possible, it will be my loss I am sure!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 2223 days ago

Well, Eklectic, the avator is painted by her. She gave me that portrait, so I feel that it is okay to show that one. The others are her property, and she keeps tight control of that. I’m sure you understand.

Anyway, here I am. This is a watercolour using a dry brush technique.

John' Portrait, cropped

The photo doesn’t do it justice, unfortunately.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

14682 posts in 2607 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2222 days ago

oh my goodness.
it looks like a photograph it is so real!!
Magnificent work.

I am in awe.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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SonyaJ

8 posts in 2141 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 2137 days ago

Hey jroot: I posted this on my spot . Eventually, I will figure this blogging stuff out.

-- Sonya J

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plantbuddy

17 posts in 2009 days
hardiness zone 5

posted 1984 days ago

Hi jroot, I did the same as SonyaJ…so travel on over to my page for reply, thanks.
PlantBuddy.

-- PlantBuddy

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FenceWorkshop

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1708 days ago

Thanks. I appreciate the vote of confidence.

Nice fences you build. A good fence builds good neighbours.

The portrait disappeared. Here it is, again.

Photobucket has been doing some reorganizing. I’m not sure if it is for the better.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1869 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1705 days ago

Your wife is extremely talented, please tell her so.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1869 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1693 days ago

Jroot, what ages/subjects did you teach?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1692 days ago

Actually, I taught ages 12, 13, 14 year olds. Lots of fun, – especially when the “hornymones” kicked in. LOL

I have a specialist qualifications in the teaching of the gifted students, and but also specialized in teaching math and drama. Computer studies was also an interest in which I took upgrade courses. Ying & Yang anyone?

My wife is a fine art specialist and graduate of an honours Fine Arts degree from the university of Toronto. Yes, indeed, she is very talented.

You should meet our son …. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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StarrsWife

36 posts in 1690 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 1684 days ago

Your wife is VERY talented, and I too am in awe, as I cannot draw a proper stick figure, lol but I do have a VERY green thumb, so I am happy!

-- Jessica~ Oklahoma zone 7 “A genius always presents himself as a fool” ~Anon.

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LadyPantheress

43 posts in 1665 days
hardiness zone 7

posted 1655 days ago

The German Potato Salad is very good. I like this recipe better than the dish you you buy at the Oktoberfest.

Thank you for checking out my recipe post.

Hugs
Brightest Blessings
LP

-- ~ Harm None ~

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Radicalfarmergal

4296 posts in 1869 days
hardiness zone 5b

posted 1505 days ago

Congratulations on your two-year anniversary with Garden Tenders, Jroot. Your beautiful gardens, tropical blooms, recipes, beautiful photos and your willingness to share your knowledge with others all help to make GT a great place to share our gardening adventures. I always enjoy reading your posts and learning from you.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Gone_Tropical

510 posts in 1319 days
hardiness zone 9b

posted 1303 days ago

nice to be buddies :D

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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erika

415 posts in 1656 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1012 days ago

Hi jroot,

Thank you so much for your Jerusalem Artichoke seeds. I love the flower and I hear the roots are good to eat. So much to learn.

Did I read right? Did you say you also have Angel Trumpet seeds? I might really be pushing my luck here. If you have some to spare, could I have a few, please?

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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jroot

5056 posts in 2237 days
hardiness zone 5a

posted 1012 days ago

You are most welcome. I did not have many this year. Remember that they do love the sun, and grow TALL. Best of luck with them. I have never eaten the roots, but do move and transplant them to get more of the beautiful late summer colour in other areas of the garden.

Ah, Erika, wishful thinking indeed. No, I do not have any brug seeds. I’ve never had any luck growing brugmansia from seeds, – and one never knows what one will get from a seed. To be sure, it is safest to use a cutting. I got one grown from a seed that was supposed to be a very special pink, and it turned out to be a fairly ordinary white one … and it took 4 years before it bloomed. So no brug seeds for me.

I do have a few brug cuttings, but not sure how many after a lady and her friend are coming over in a few days to “raid” the brug and hibiscus cuttings. I’d sold them some earlier in the fall, but theirs died, but mine lived so now they want MORE.

That is good, as it will give me more room for other seedlings in the spring. ... like the ones I recently received from Sharad. Thanks, buddy! :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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